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Belarus: Christian-run Homeless Shelter Closed
A private homeless shelter run by a Christian in Belarus has been legally stripped of its license to operate, according to Barnabas Aid.
California Residents Protest Cross Removal with More Crosses
California citizens are protesting the removal of a large memorial cross by publicly displaying smaller crosses bearing messages for the atheists whose complaints caused the memorial to be taken down, according to International Christian Concern.
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Russia recognizes Crimea's independence, defying new U.S. and E.U. sanctions - Washington Post
The international crisis over Ukraine escalated sharply Monday as the United States and Europe imposed sanctions on senior Russian political and military figures, and Russian President Vladmir Putin signed a decree recognizing the Ukrainian region of Crimea as an independent state.
Experts say sanctions will have little influence on Vladimir Putin - Washington Examiner
The White House on Monday trumpeted sanctions against senior Kremlin officials as the most extensive economic punishment imposed on Russia since the Cold War.
Report: Iran Killing More People than Ever - Washington Free Beacon
Iran is executing people in record-breaking numbers not seen for more than 15 years in the Islamic nation, with nearly 200 individuals having been executed in the first few months of this year alone, according to human rights activists.
Crimea adopts ruble, sets up new central bank after vote on seeking to join Russia - Ottawa Citizen
Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula is taking steps to integrate its financial system with Russia's -- including adopting the ruble currency -- after the region overwhelmingly voted in favour of seceding and seeking to join Russia.
Russia vows to switch to other currencies over US sanctions threat - Glazyev - Voice of Russia
Russia can dodge any proposed US sanctions by switching to other currencies and creating its own payment system, Putin's economic advisor Sergei Glazyev said Tuesday.
Russian Deputy PM Laughs at Obama's Sanctions - ABC News
Russia's deputy prime minister laughed off President Obama's sanction against him today asking "Comrade @BarackObama" if "some prankster" came up with the list.
Ukraine crisis could strain Iran nuclear talks - Times of Israel
Tehran may have a new ally when Iran nuclear talks reconvene Tuesday -- the Ukraine crisis. US-Russian tensions over Ukraine could fray the search for consensus on what Iran needs to do to ease fears it could make atomic arms.
Russia Will Sanction U.S. Senators - Daily Beast
U.S. senators, congressmen and top Obama administration officials are sure to be on Vladimir Putin's sanctions list; a response to the Obama Administration's announcement on Monday that 7 Russian officials and 4 Ukrainian officials would be barred from holding assets or traveling to the United States.
Ukraine 'will never accept' Crimea annexation, President says - CNN
Western powers slapped sanctions on more than two dozen Russian officials and their allies in Ukraine's Crimea region on Monday, while Ukrainian officials vowed they would never accept the territory's annexation by Russia.
Jordan Blames 'Extremist Settlers' for Temple Mount 'Aggression' - Arutz Sheva
Jordan's Minister for Media Affairs, Mohammad Momani, strongly condemned Israeli "aggression" at the Temple Mount on Monday, 24 hours after Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel ascended the mount in a pre-planned visit to the Mount that was cut short by police.
White House Seeks to Replace Netanyahu? - WND
In recent weeks, representatives for the Obama administration have held meetings with a senior politician here in which the U.S. delegates brought up the possibility of replacing Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister, according to an informed Jerusalem diplomatic source.
Kerry pushes Abbas to make 'tough decisions' in talks - Times of Israel
Top US diplomat John Kerry urged Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday to work hard to narrow huge differences with the Israelis at a "pivotal" time for peace talks.
Obama to Abbas: Palestinians must take risks for peace - Times of Israel
US President Barack Obama on Monday told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that he would have to make tough political decisions and take "risks" for peace, as would Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Abbas, for his part, reiterated his rejection of Israel's demand that its status as a Jewish state be enshrined in a future peace accord, asserting that previous Palestinian recognition of Israel was sufficient.
Inside the United States
Bible controversy hits Air Force base - Fox News
For more than a decade new military recruits at Maxwell Air Force Base -- Gunter Annex in Alabama have received a Bible from Gideons International volunteers. But that tradition has come to an end after volunteers said they were told by the military that they would no longer be allowed to personally distribute the pocket-sized Bibles to recruits.
Tax Revenues Hit Record in First 5 Months of FY14; 5-Month Deficit Still $377B - CNS News
Inflation-adjusted federal tax revenues hit a record $1,104,947,000,000 in the first five months of fiscal 2014, but the federal government still ran a $377,379,000,000 deficit during that time, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement for February.
4.4 L.A. earthquake a wake-up call for residents to prepare - LA Times
The magnitude 4.4 earthquake that struck near Westwood early Monday was a "rude awakening" for Angelenos who remain vulnerable to being caught unprepared by a major temblor, Mayor Eric Garcetti said.
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